This week in History


 Today’s the day we pay great homage and respect to the man  who had a dream that I’m still praying for fulfillment on. Dr.      Martin Luther King, Jr.  

 I don’t want to fill this space up with random facts and figures.  We all know his greatness and I’m proud to stand here years  later honoring a great man. It’s as almost as if his death gave  birth to a new era. It truly did. On his national holiday we are  on the eve of another great milestone. The inauguration of the  first publicly black President.

*moment of silence*

Let’s rejoice in the great things that have come to pass in these years and then rejoice in the great things that are surely in our future.


From MLK, JR and El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz to President Elect (can’t wait till I can stop saying that) Barack Obama. We’ve come a long way, and have a long road ahead. Let’s hope our journey from here on out is a smoother one. 

This previous election also saw the very real possibility of our First Female President. Let’s take a second to honor that. This country has also come far enough in women’s rights, that we almost elected a woman to the highest office in the land. I’m pretty certain that had she have won the Democratic nomination, Senator Clinton (well, Sec. of State) would be our President-Elect today.

Isn’t that beautiful? Let’s be happy that women in our society are excelling and moving beyond our previous position of subservience.  I believe we take that for granted. I know I do. I don’t think about lucky I am that I don’t have to be in constant terror at the thought that someone may break down my doors and rape me in front of my family. I don’t have to fear my entire neighborhood being burned to the ground by militants and soldiers. I don’t worry about being gang raped while my siblings watch in terror and then being ostracized by my community. I’m so grateful that I don’t have to watch my family members be murdered, or have my body brutalized by military weapons.

Gruesome right? That’s because it’s not our reality. It’s the reality of the women living in the Democratic Republic of The Congo. Please help me help these women get their lives back.



P.S. I don’t mean to undermine the greatness of today, and this week with such horrid stories. But these women’s torture doesn’t end on holidays. My dedication to it will not either. Let us REJOICE in what we do have and ACT for what others don’t.


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